Being a writer is an often difficult process. This is because there is no set blueprint on how to succeed. More often than not we only have ourselves and our imaginations to rely on when we write. This is especially true when we try to come up with new concepts for a book. This problem has often left many a writer tossing and turning at night, fretting about what to write. But as hard as it is to come up with a new concept it is not impossible. With a systematic approach to the writing process you can achieve success as a writer. Here are some highly effective ways to come up with new writing concepts.
- Brainstorm as much as possible
Writing is predominantly a mental activity. Which is why it stands to reason that you think thoroughly about what you should write. Before you start the book publishing process, you should make sure that you have a truly feasible writing concept. It is a good idea to have a brainstorming session at least once a day. Through these sessions you can review what you should write about. You should ask yourself, what do I want to write about? What can I write about that will appeal to readers? How should I write it? These are just a few of the questions you should ask yourself before you write a story or more importantly write a book.
- Write down your ideas
Sometimes ideas can stay with you for a long time, and sometimes ideas can be fleeting and can come and go in the blink of an eye. Which is why you should always have a notebook or pad ready to write down your ideas. Many a great book was written in a single spark of inspiration and who’s to say that this cannot happen to you. So you should always have a notebook ready. Who knows, the next bestselling book might come to you. So it is always a good idea to be prepared.
- Find great book influences
Great authors throughout history have cited other authors as their main influences when they write their books. J.K Rowling cited Roald Dahl as one of her favorite authors, and used him as an inspiration in her journey to success. So if you want to succeed as a writer too, you should also have a favorite author that you would want to emulate. For example, if you are writing a poetry book then you can idolize great poets like Pablo Neruda, John Keats or W.B Yeats. It all really depends on your chosen genre. Of course this does not mean that you copy their work. This just means that you use them to fuel your love for writing. Use their works as a fount of inspiration from which to draw all your writing fervor. The writing process may be a mental activity, but the entire process will always be fueled by your passion for the written word.
- Come up with the best book title
One of the most important aspects of writing a book is coming up with a title. When coming up with a title you should make sure that the title is compatible with your story. It is also important that your title should show what the book is all about and yet not divulge too much about it. The title should be catchy and yet not too long, because it will end up sounding weird and unwieldy. There is truly an art when it comes to coming up with a title.
- Use past experiences as inspiration
Many a great author has written books based on their own life experiences. One great example is the great novelist Ernest Hemingway who used his life of adventure as inspiration for his books. Of course you don’t need to be as adventurous as him to be a great writer. All you really need to do is to use your own experiences to give weight and emotion to your writing. Use all the good and bad experiences in your life to come up with the best concept possible.
- Create your own world through your writing
One of the best ways to think up new writing concepts is to create your own world through your writing. Writing up new worlds will allow you to create a whole world of characters and its very own history and events. This is usually used by science fiction and high fantasy writers. By writing up new worlds you have more freedom to shape your story and flesh it out to your own liking. Just remember that it takes a great deal of work and you will need to be consistent so the world will be appealing to readers.
All in all, when you are coming up with a writing concept remember that your greatest obstacle is yourself. Your own doubts and fears are what’s keeping you from attaining your full potential. So free your mind and write as passionately as possible.